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Rookie Couponing…Try #2

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So I “tried” couponing again today.

Not REALLY HARDCORE or anything since I only took in one physical coupon that was for $0.30 but I still gave it my best try…

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First I got a $10 coupon (for spending so much money). #CouponFail

For anyone who lives near a Safeway, they are doing a promotion where if you spend $75 you get a $10 coupon for next time!

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And then I got a $2 coupon for any two Splenda products.

Hey, at least it’s more than 30 cents.

And for the record, no I do not use Splenda, Mark does.

2013-01-30_14-42-25_113Mark likes to take Cashews to work but they are SO EXPENSIVE in Hawaii but I got a steal on these!

Normally they are $20.39 but the store was having a sale where they were $2.40 off so $17.99, BUT I had a Safeway eCoupon (which you can also get by checking our their website. Safeway.com and registering for an account. All you need to do is add the eCoupon to your account and it automatically deducts the coupon once you scan your club card or type in your phone number while in the checkout line). SO I got an additional $3.00 off these bad boys making them only $14.99. (Which is still a ridiculous price for Cashews, if you ask me).

1. Register at Safeway.com.
2. Click on “just for U”.
3. Click on “Coupon Center”.
4. Go through the list and add what you want (you might as well add everything since it doesn’t hurt).
And they’ll be ready to use without any unnecessary hassle!

Easy right?

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Bought another Land O Lakes Unsalted Butter. I used the coupon that you see on there (that I got last time) to get 30 cents off my purchase. I usually buy Salted butter but I’ve been cooking a lot and it’s better most times to use unsalted so I’ve been getting in the habit of just buying unsalted butter, just in case I need it to bake cookies or what have you.

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These were on sale for buy one get one free!

Who DOESN’T like breakfast sausages??

So normally for two of these boxes it would be $11.98 but I only paid $5.99! Score! We’re eating good tonight! Hahahaha. I kid.

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And how much do you think I paid for this box of 200 Splenda packets? Originally it’s $12.99 but they were $4.00 off so I only paid $8.99 for them.

Although if you think about it, I could have just taken multiple trips to a nearby coffee shop and just lined my pocket with Splenda but who am I kidding? I’m not Chinese.

I’m just joking people. Other Asian people do it too…don’t worry.

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Mark also likes these Builders Protein Bars but they’re usually pretty pricey.

(Yes, they can be cheaper at Walmart but sometimes I just don’t want to deal with the hassle of what is Honolulu Walmart).

The peanut butter ones are originally $10.39 and the chocolate mint ones are $10.19. Why the peanut butter costs more than the mint, I have no idea.

But I got them both at $7.99 a box (which is pretty good since they usually sell for like $2/a piece).

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The Flipz White Fudge Pretzels were also buy one get one free!

Cha-ching!

Seriously, score of the day! (Well this and the breakfast sausages…what? They’re good!)

So normally they would both be $9.58 but I only paid $4.79 for both.

These things are addicting!

I have stopped buying things that I could make at home but I don’t think I could make these as fast as I could eat them.

Good thing I’ve been hitting the gym lately.

And I bought a few other things with minor savings but I didn’t think they were worth the post.

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I also got some Cream of Tartar so I could make some Snickerdoodle cookies this week. It was on sale but it wasn’t.

Let me explain.

All the spices were Buy 2 Get 1 Free but spices are so expensive and I didn’t think I needed another one…

Although thinking about it, I’m kicking myself right now because I could have bought some more Cinnamon (which I use more than anything else) and then gotten some Thyme for free…

But no matter now! What’s done is done!

There will be more sales!

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And the last thing I didn’t buy because it was on sale.

(Although it also happened to be on sale).

Mark loves Sweethearts (even though I think they are the most horrid thing since black licorice) and when we tried to get a bag in Minnesota they weren’t the ones that he liked so we ended up chucking most of it (which was fine by me). So when I saw these at the market I thought, why not? Plus it’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’m sure he would like these in his little lunch bag. (Although he might just leave them at home and devour at a later time).

For all three the regular price was $1.77 but I got $0.27 off so I paid $1.50 for all three which is about 50 cents a piece which is pretty good.

Spent more money than I had intended but I got some good deals out of it so I’m a happy camper.

Yay! Hope you enjoyed the post!

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What better way to start a Monday than with a Western?

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I am very well aware that it is Wednesday today… it just took me a while to update but better late than never right?

So the first picture is what I usually see in the mornings on my way to school. It’s been a little dark and cloudy lately and it’ll rain near campus but for the most part the weather has been very agreeable.

The corvette is probably the only nice car I’ve seen in a while and in LA I wouldn’t even count it in amongst the VERY nice cars but this is Hawaii. All the nice cars are across the street at the luxury car dealership. It was still nice to see nonetheless.

And for our film class we had to watch Shane and I was pretty lucky that it was on Netflix. I bought some pho and enjoyed the movie (as best as I could). Nothing against the movie but you know it’s hard to watch a movie when you’re at home and you have a million other things to do.

But for those of you who have not seen it yet, here is MY quick summary (without ruining it).

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For our film class we are moving into the Western genre and what better way to start it than with Shane. Filmed in 1953 (although my book says 1952 for some reason), Shane is a typical Western in which there is a conflict between two groups and as the movie goes on it becomes obvious that there are multiple contrasts in the movie. Like Thomas Shatz says in his book, “The film is a virtual ballet of oppositions, all perceived from Joey’s (the young boy) viewpoint”. The main conflict being with the homesteaders who are trying to be forced/scared out of their land by the ranchers. This again refers to the battle between things such as: social law versus primitive law, equality vs survival of the fittest and even much simpler things such as the future versus the past.

The main character Shane, who borders between both groups, has to try and negotiate and somehow create a sense of order. Shane is trying to leave his gunslinger past in order to work for Joe Starrett (Joey’s father), but as chaos arises and there is need for a resolution Shane is the only person able to act because the society around him is too weak to do so. “And it is these actions that finally enforce social order but necessitate his departure from the community he has saved”.

Shane is a classic Western that helps define the genre but at the same time this film also helps viewers understand the transformations that have taken place within the genre since 1953. And who doesn’t like watching gunslingers save whole towns, am I right?

So like I said, it’s on Netflix so if you have some free time on your hands, it’s definitely worth checking out!

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My Saturday

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I went to the KCC Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning but without any cash whatsoever. Why I did that? I have no idea.

I guess I just assumed that there would be an ATM there but I was greatly mistaken. And the only ATM on campus is in the cafeteria that was closed because it was the weekend. Some stands took cards but there was only one thing I wanted…Strawberry Mochi and besides ignoring me for 5 minutes he said he didn’t take cards. DARN IT!

I left dismayed and hungry so I decided to go get a drink and some breakfast at The Tea Farm near campus. I got my usually Matcha Green Tea Lemonade, which is DELICIOUS by the way, and a blueberry bagel with cream cheese. Yum!

And then I picked up a friend and we went to go see Lincoln. We both got lost along the way but we made it eventually. And like I said in the earlier post, the movie was SPECTACULAR! Go see it everybody!

And I finished my Basic Instinct paper so I was pretty happy about that as well. Got most of my homework and reading done so all in all a pretty good Saturday.

What did you guys do?

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Of course it rains the day after I wash my car

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So I washed my car (to the best of my ability) last night and OF COURSE it is raining buckets all day today.

Go figure right?

Some before and after shots. I tried to get as much tar off the tires. It was easier said than done. The back tires weren’t too bad but the front ones were HARD. And I need to buy some car wax soon because it seems like washing your car is pointless without it.

There was some damage to the paint but that can’t be helped for now.

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And here are some pictures from the rain today. There was this cat just sitting in the rain and I tried to get it to come out so I could take care of it but it wouldn’t budge from its spot so I just had to leave. I had no way of getting around the fence it was in.

It’s cleared up a lot right now but thank god I’ve been carrying around my umbrella lately because otherwise I would have been soaked MORE than I already was with the sideways rain and everything.

It’s just another thing in life. The world HAS to rain on you when you’ve washed your car. It is what it is.

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Extreme Couponing…Fail

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I was watching extreme couponing yesterday and it kind of intrigued me yet at the same time made me sick to my stomach.

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS SOMEONE GOING TO DO WITH 94 PACKETS OF CROUTONS OR BOXES OF CAT TREATS WITHOUT A GOD DARN CAT?

People without children will stock up on “cheap” diapers. They will store toilet paper under their children’s beds and some of them will even design their own shelving units to make sure no can expires on the shelf.

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If these people aren’t hoarders, I don’t know what they are.

So I thought I’d look up some coupons last night and literally after 2 minutes I was bored out of my GOD DAMN mind.

I mean the only time I would think this would be a good idea is if:

A. The world was ending and I had a bomb shelter I could put all this stuff into

or

B. There was an imminent depression coming and there wouldn’t be any food left on the shelves. I guess this could work if there was a zombie apocalypse coming too…

BUT STILL! THESE LADIES ARE CRAZY!

WHAT DOES ONE DO WITH 75 BOXES OF CEREAL???

“Oh yeah I just saved my family $40,000 last year in groceries.” Really? Really people?

I can’t even be bothered to cut coupons let alone remember that I have them the next time I go grocery shopping. Not to mention, it’s embarrassing pulling out 2,500 coupons in A SINGLE TRANSACTION or going around a supermarket pulling 6 carts all by yourself.

One couple was at the supermarket for 5 HOURS! 5 HOURS! I don’t want to be there more than 30 minutes let alone 5 GOD DAMN FREAKIN HOURS! They put a limit on how many coupons each person could use so this lady had the nerve to CALL HER FRIEND so that she could COME TO THE SUPERMARKET and buy shit for her.

Wouldn’t it have been easier to just COME BACK? Aren’t you wasting precious money and time by just BEING at the market for that long?

These people let their friends and family go “shopping” in their little home made mini marts.

So anyways…when I went to the grocery store I tried to be a LITTLE more conscious of what was on sale or not. And no I did not bother to bring any coupons with me. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a Hawaiian newspaper with coupons in it.

I saved $14.04! Which is 13%! Whoop de doo! Now I can…go to Starbucks and get my small soy hot chocolate 4 more times then I would have? *Shrug*

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The Orange Creme Cookies weren’t on sale but I’ve never seen them before  so I thought I’d be adventurous today and try something new! I hope they’re as good as they look. Sorta reminds me of Mexican Wedding Cookies / Russian Tea Cookies. I’ll let you guys know how they are.

We’ll see if I can get into using coupons or not. Do you guys use coupons?

Do most people use bring in coupons?

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All I do is eat…

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So yesterday I woke up a little early so I could go get some breakfast pastries for Mark, myself and Olivo.

I drove down to Liliha Bakery which is pretty close by if I use the freeway. I’m sure there are other bakeries in the neighborhood that I need to try out but I always get so paranoid about trying to go to new places because I’m always worried I’m going to overshoot the actual location and have to make SEVERAL loops around the block to find the place AND/OR there is no parking ANYWHERE!

I have a legitimate reason to be paranoid because I feel like not having a parking space and overshooting a location is all I do in my car. I’m usually VERY good with directions but everything is on a one way street that like either leads to a freeway on ramp (that I do not want to go on) OR there is no opportunity to turn around to get back to where I was.

I got some donuts, a chocolate cream puff, an eclair, an apple turnover AND MY FAVORITE a sweet potato crescent. I swear I only get like two things at this place. The blueberry scone and the sweet potato crescent. It seriously reminds me of my time in Japan and I just love it!

Also testing out some photo apps on my phone. I feel as though I’m not sufficiently Asian enough to have already mastered every photo app out there to make my skin brighter or my eyes wider but I’m working on it! Hahaha.

But after chillaxing at home Olivo and I decided to take a walk down to Chinatown to look around and to see if there was anything worth buying from the Macy’s that is closing.

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I was SO excited once I got to the little Chinese markets. I felt like I was back home again! They had all my favorite foods!

I bought two packets of instant noodles that Olivo SAID were spicy (because I love spicy food) BUT they weren’t spicy at all! She lied! I had to put a shit ton of Sriracha into it before I could eat it.

Also bought Strawberry Cakes! Olivo brought me all different flavors and I just loved them! They’re kind of like Fig Newtons but better! Tastier with a wide range of flavors!

I also bought a bag of peeled roasted chestnuts and needless to say I had finished it way too quickly. I absolutely LOVE chestnuts! I think I could live off of them if I had to. My mother and grandmother always bring them when they come to visit but they never last very long. But now that I know I can get it in Chinatown I am definitely going to go by more often!

AND I also bought Almond Jello Mix! They serve it as dessert in Chinese restaurants and it is SO DELICIOUS! I usually don’t care for Jello but I’ve always loved getting this at the end of every Chinese meal! I can’t wait to try it at home!!!

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And this morning we watched the end of the Lakers vs Raptors game as well as both NFL games. And of course I wake up to the Lakers losing…to a team that is not even anywhere near playoffs! It just hurts to be a Lakers fan right now… I think I might start up a:

“NO DWIGHT 2013”

campaign soon.

But I also made some Cinnamon Tortilla crisps this morning since I hadn’t in a long time. Also made an experimental tortilla pizza with salsa, parmesan, mozzarella and pepperoni and it turned out pretty good! The only issue was that the salsa I used was SUPER SPICY so the pizza ended up being super spicy so I just need to be mindful of that next time.

I can’t believe both the 49ers AND the Ravens are going to the Superbowl. I guess you got your birthday wish Austin.

We’ll get there next year Broncos! I believe in you Peyton!

After that Mark and I went to Walmart and got our groceries for the week and when we came home Olivo was back so we decided to go out and get dinner.

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Olivo wanted to get a Loco Moco so I thought we could try Like Like Drive Inn. I’ve always driven by it but I’ve never been there so I’m glad I had an excuse to go. Olivo got the Loco Moco and I got the Oxtail which came with a soup, salad, drink and dessert!

Surprisingly my dish was pretty good. I do love Oxtail and I haven’t had any since I was in Hong Kong. The dish itself came with mashed potatoes and corn (which I also very much love). I gave the salad to Olivo since I despise the very existence of salad and I had the spinach soup as an appetizer. The soup wasn’t bad but I’m not quite sure what to think about it. It was…different. And for dessert I asked for a recommendation and she brought me the blueberry ice cream. I usually don’t like ice cream but it was actually really flavorful and surprisingly smooth.

I really do need to start back at the gym…

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Korean BBQ & 3 Year Anniversary

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On Thursday it was Mark & I’s “3 years since we’ve met” anniversary so I invited all my friends out to celebrate!

Mark told me to get 60 beers so I bought 5 cases. Since I don’t drink I didn’t know what people would like so I kind of picked everything…and it ended up being WAY too much beer but it’s all good.

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We all ate a lot and had a ton of fun! It’s just like my Korean BBQ outings in LA~ I seriously felt like I was back home again.

Hawaii ain’t so bad after all. Making new friends definitely helps a lot too.

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We were going to go to karaoke afterwards but a lot of people couldn’t make it so we decided to postpone it till next time, which is fine. I had school the next day anyways.

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